GADGIRTH MOTH TRAPPING 2017

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GADGIRTH MOTH TRAPPING 2017

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Mar 19, 2017 5:38 pm

All,
Had both actinic and MV out last weekend (10/11th). The MV produced 1 Hebrew Character and 1 Oak Beauty and the Actinic a number of Hebrew Character, Common Quaker, Clouded Drab and March Moth along with singletons of Oak Beauty and Early Thorn, surprisingly not one Pale Brindled Beauty put in an appearance despite numerous checks around the traps (I've never had one actually in a trap). Oak Beauty was especially pleasing because I last recorded it in 2013 and at best it is local in Ayrshire. This weekend has been a washout I haven't trapped.
OAK BEAUTY
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Re: GADGIRTH MOTH TRAPPING 2017

Postby ScottD » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:05 am

Lovely moth, I wish that I got them here.
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Re: GADGIRTH MOTH TRAPPING 2017

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Mar 26, 2017 5:09 pm

All,
A pretty unremarkable weekend from a mothing perspective. Lots of Hebrew characters and Clouded Drabs in both traps. A single Early Grey and two
Red Sword Grass added a bit of interest particularly the latter which I've only seen twice before, both in November 2014. Clearly the two that showed up this weekend were overwintered although looked absolutely fresh.
CLOUDED DRAB
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EARLY GREY
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RED SWORD GRASS
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Re: GADGIRTH MOTH TRAPPING 2017

Postby nickcandlish » Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:38 pm

All,
This week has been notable because of the sheer numbers of moths, obviously given the time of year the species count has been low but it provided one new species for my site, Mottled Grey, also Shoulder Stripe which I've only seen before a handful of times. Twin Spotted Quaker ab. immaculata has been almost as frequent as the nominate form, normally I only see one or two a year. Last night provided the first micro of the year, Diurnia fagella, just for once one that I could ID with some confidence!
EARLY THORN
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SHOULDER STRIPE
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MOTTLED GREY
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TWIN SPOTTED QUAKERS Nominate form and immaculata
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DIURNEA FAGELLA
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Adding to this, I forgot to mention Engrailed...a species that I see only occasionally and normally so worn that family, shape and time of year become factors in the ID, just for once a nice fresh example.
ENGRAILED
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